Near San Pedro in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Catalina Channel, about 25 miles wide and close to 500 fathoms deep (about 3,000 feet), separates Santa Catalina Island from the mainland. This part of the Pacific Ocean was first visited by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542, sailing under the Spanish flag. Today it is part of the coastal shipping route of California.
The Gabrielino Indians living in this locality, on occasion, commuted to Santa Catalina Island where they visited and traded with the Gabrielino Indians living there.
In winter, whales may be observed as they migrate to Baja California, where they mate and bear their young. In the spring, they can be seen again as they return to northern waters for the summer.
Erected 1997 by Los Angeles County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Hispanic Americans • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 33° 42.958′ N, 118° 19.081′ W. Marker is near San Pedro, California, in Los Angeles County Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1599 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro CA 90732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santa Catalina Island (within shouting distance of this marker); White Point Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); White Point Nike Missile Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Royal Palms County Beach (about 400 feet away); Battery Osgood-Farley Historic Site (approx. 1.3 miles away); Friendship Bell (approx. 1.4 miles away); Point Fermin Light House (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fort MacArthur / 500 Varas Square Historic District (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Pedro.
More about this marker. This is one of a dozen markers placed along the bluff overlooking historic White Point Beach.
Also see . . . White Point Beach history. (Submitted on March 23, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 22, 2020. This page has been viewed 101 times since then. Last updated on March 28, 2020. Photos: 1. submitted on March 25, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 2. submitted on March 22, 2020. 3. submitted on March 25, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.